Clear as Mud

CLEAR AS MUD When the Most Intelligent Answer to Hard Questions is ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Humans confuse and frustrate me. I cannot understand why some people do what they do. I often cannot understand why I do what I do. Thankfully such confusion and frustration has not led me to...

The Good Stuff

THE GOOD STUFF John and the Touch-and-Feel Gospel My one year old daughters do not share my affinity for Ta-Nehisi Coates.   This past Christmas, I sat back and read We Were Eight Years in Power, those uncultured neophytes were consumed by their stacks of That’s Not...

Consent and the Annunciation

CONSENT AND THE ANNUNCIATION Do we have a choice in whether we participate in God’s plan? (Editor’s note: This piece was originally written on December 20, 2016.) Finally, with just a few weeks left of gasping breath, 2016 has given us something of redeeming...

No Justice, No Peace

NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE FExploring the Connection — and Often Disconnection — Between Faith and Justice   The Hebrew Bible — what many Christians refer to as the Old Testament — outlines the complicated story of Israel’s relationship with their covenant God, Yahweh. From...

Fresh Words

FRESH WORDS What do we do when old rhythms become old, tired, and destructive? There’s a story from the earliest pages of the Bible and the earliest years of the nation of Israel about a priest, his sons, and his young apprentice. At the time, there was no king. As a...